Under Section 61(5) the police are given powers to protect children in emergency situations. Where a police officer has reasonable cause to believe:
- that the criteria for making a child protection order under Section 57 (1) are satisfied
- that it is not practicable to apply for such an order from a sheriff or for the sheriff to consider such an application
- that it is necessary to remove the child to a place of safety in order to protect the child from significant harm or further such harm.